Stone, Myers named OWs
Clearfield senior Christian Stone and Boiling Springs sophomore Korbin Myers were named Outstanding Wrestlers for the 2013 Tool City Tournament. Stone was the Class AAA award winner. Myers took the Class AA title.
Stone, wrestling at 132, notched three pins and one major decision on the path to his second straight tournament championship.
He saved the most entertaining match for last, however. The final paired him with McDowell’s Nick Gibson. Last year the two met in the semifinals, but Gibson had to bow out of the match.
“(Gibson) was beating me 4-2 and he ended up breaking his ankle going into the second,” said Stone. “I was hoping to come back and beat him in regular fashion and getting a win I could deserve.”
Stone got what he was looking for, but it didn’t come easy. Gibson rallied from a 3-1 deficit to make it a 4-4 match at the end of three periods, forcing overtime. Then late in OT, Stone scrambled out a fierce attack by Gibson and turned the Trojan onto his back to record a bracket-winning fall with 2.5 seconds left in the extra period.
“He got in a shot and the first thing going through my mind was, ‘Wow, he’s in deep,’” said Stone. “But we train not to give up. And something worked. I just went harder. It worked.”
It was also a second title for the sophomore Myers. Wrestling at 113, the returning state runner-up drew a bye in the first round, then advanced to the championship bout with back-to-back pins. In the ultimate match, he faced a stiff challenge from Cathedral Prep’s Jake Gromacki.
Myers recorded a takedown late in the first period. Then both wrestlers showed their ability to ride in the second and third. First, Gromacki held Myers down for two minutes. Myers then kept Gromacki on the mat for most of the third, before letting him loose right before final buzzer, holding on to a 2-1 win.
“We had some pretty crazy scrambles going on,” Myers said. “Fortunately I got two (points) in the last two seconds of the first period. Then he rode me out on top in the second. He’s really good on top. Then I was fortunate enough to ride him out. And then I cut him at the end just to stay safe and not give up a reversal with two seconds left.”